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2016 Henbury & Brentry Community Awards Ceremony

This took place at the AXA Sports Centre , Cribbs Causeway on the evening of 23rd September. It was funded by the Neighbourhood Partnership through the Wellbeing fund.
A considerable number of awards were made to people, organisations and businesses that were judged by a local panel to have made a contribution to the life of our community.

After the presentations a fine buffet was enjoyed by those present and those with the greatest stamina enjoyed the disco!

Here is an album of photos supplied by Dennis Broe

And here are all the winners, specially mentioned and runners-up

Overcoming Personal Objectives
Paul Gubb
He has been a husband in a million looking after his wife who has extreme mental and physical problems. He has always has a smile on his face and supports other people.

Young Achiever
Charlie Parkins
She has achieved so much in her young life. Charlie started to learn Taekwondo about 4 years ago and she is now a black belt first Dan. She is an inspiration to young people and helps at open evening for Henbury School where she had received various certificates of achievement.

Parent in a Million
Joint 1st Prize: Rebecca Gilham & Marianna Manolashe,
Special Mention: Paula Scorer
Rebecca is the perfect parent with all her tribe. She parents with love, compassion, skill and fun!
Marianna (her son nominated her) “Mum helps me get to school. She helps me rock. We get out and about every weekend.”
Paula fosters a range of children, She is amazing!

Youth Project
Joint 1st Prize 169th Brentry Scouts, 45th Brentry Guides
169th Brentry Scouts have a long commitment of volunteering to enable children to gain life skills and a wide range of adventures and experiences.
45th Brentry Guides. Community outreach opportunity for girls between 10-14 to experience life skills and events that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience. Always happy to help and have a positive outlook.

Older Adult Project
Henbury Healthy Walking Group – Mr & Mrs Mellett
Ron with his wife has run the Henbury Healthy Walking Group, organising weekly walks and twice yearly day trips. He helps everyone in the group and takes care of the “slower” ones. He brings people that are on their own together and it’s a very friendly group. He is the one that if you are ill is on the phone to you or comes to see you. The project had 7 nominations.

Community Volunteer
Joint 1st prize: Marilyn Britton, Rose Carr.
Runner-ups: Tanya Cussick, John Butler (Bristol Parent Carers)
Marilyn is an outstanding person who puts others before herself. She works hard at the Foodbank, coffee morning and also volunteers with Linkage.
Rose is an amazing, caring, helpful person who goes the extra mile for everyone. She supports and helps people with a smile on her face. A long standing volunteer  she helps with the Youth Club at the Emmanuel Chapel, coffee morning, Foodbank, H&B Community Council, various activities in the community and Linkage.
John and Tanya are responsible for using their initiative to set up and run a support group for parents of children with additional needs. They are warm hearted in their care of others.

Going the extra mile
1st Prize: Dennis Broe,
Runner-ups: Kerry McGuire, David Jones
Dennis is a gem. What would the Village Hall do without him? He is always there with his toolbox and always on hand to help neighbours. He is an outstanding volunteer and always willing to help. He looks after the Church gardens and puts up tables at events. For all that he is doing his only award is a “Thank you”.(8 nominations)
Kerry works at  Brentry Childrens Centre. She always going above and beyond to help those that come in. She has given so much support to many families.
David runs the Henbury and Brentry Childrens Centres and helps with the Branch Community Church.

Long standing volunteer
1st Prize: Marianna Georgiou
Runner-ups: Pearl Semple, Janet Smith
Marianna loves the community. She has helped with the Community Art Group, has been doing the H&B Community Newsletter for 10 years,  helped to set up  FAST Friends Community Group, is on the Community Council and  helps all the schools and various community projects. She helps out in the community a lot and loves to get involved. She is very passionate about helping people.
Pearl always goes out of her way to help others. She also runs bring and buy sales for different charities and helps the Christmas Hampers for senior citizens.
Janet has done so much for friends, neighbours and the community over many years and deserves recognition for all the work she  has done and is doing now.

Good Neighbour
1st Prize: Mrs Jill Campbell
Runner-ups: Brian & Joy Wales, Pat Campbell
Jill is a “good neighbour” in the true meaning of the word. She is always ready to help in an emergency and is great organiser for local events. She is often on hand as a “taxi” taking neighbours to hospital, etc.
Brian and Joy watch over my house when I am away on holidays and can do anything for me.
Pat started a knitting group and she is a good helpful neighbour!

Community Project
1st Prize: Blaise Kitchen Garden – Christine Carroll
Runner-ups: Almshouses Garden – Michael & Linda Flay, Henbury & Brentry Travel Club – Paul Thompson
4 years ago Chris reinstalled Blaise Mansion Kitchen Gardens. She has secured funding, developed a working party, organised community workshops and provided an insight for young children and local schools about organic gardening. She is passionate about this project.
Michael and Linda have refashioned the gardens and Almshouse.They have a  massive part where barbecues are held. They have given pleasure to all the residents in the Almshouse.
Paul  set up the Travel Group 10 years ago and he has brought a lot of people together during this time. It is a holiday for both couples and single people. It is great!

Best Business
1st Prize: Let’s Blow your Top
Runner-ups: Henbury Pet and Garden Supplies, Henbury Fryer
Let’s blow your Top has years of continued support for local charity exploits of particular clientele. At Christmas they sell a large amount of goods for charity within the salon every year. Putting up posters, raffles and dog/cat food collections. All 3 young ladies are very supportive and interested in handmade items donating various supplies- invaluable for making things.
Maria in Henbury Pet and Garden Supplies is always interested in what is going on in our area. She attends local meetings, is very helpful and a nice person to all residents. She will do anything that she can to help in any way, even going the extra mile to help and always has a smile for you. Good service and amazing customer relations.
The Henbury Fryer opens up on Christmas day to invite single elderly people to have a Christmas lunch for free. They are always helpful with a smile.

Community Awards – 2016 – NEW DATE – 23rd September 2016

This evening event is planned for 23rd September 2016 at the Lawns venue of the AXA Sun Life Sports Ground.

Please, if you consider if anyone you know has made a significant contribution to our Community and thus deserves  our recognition, nominat e him / her using the form delivered with the newsletter or using this online link:  Nomination for 2016 Awards

Thank you


Successful Community Conference

Community Conference February 21st 2015

This event held under the auspices of the Henbury and Brentry Community Council working together with Henbury and Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership was generally judged to be the most procductive and successful of these biennial events we have held since 2005. It was launched on the day by an inspiring talk by Trenna Blundell and Deana Perry from Southmead in which they related how they had set about creating a Community Plan involving the residents of Southmead, the amount of hard work involved and, crucially, how it had already attracted £200,000 funding for Southmead and this in the week of its actual publication.

This introductory phase continued with Lee Brailsford telling how he and his family had built the Brailsford Lights event each December from a very small family display to an amazing fund raising spectacular which raised over £8000 for charity last Christmas.

Then before the 50 attendees began the first workshop session Mark Baker from Bristol Aging Better outlined the challenges and opportunities in front of our community with an increasing proportion of older residents.

The three workshops for Youth, Working and Families, Older / Retired were set an initial task of establishing what groups / activities /organisations were already active in the community and mapping where these took place in the Ward and who was involved.

After a break for refreshments and a chance to inspect the 20 table displays brought to the conference by organisations and groups active in Henbury and Brentry the second set of three workshops as previously were held with two aims: One to establish which of the Neighbourhood Partnership Plan priorites they considered particularly relevant and advise priority and Two to brainstorm what they considered would enhance our community in the way of new opportunities / groups / events

In the concluding general session Keith Houghton informed the assembly that although the Community First funding, £30,000 of which we have had access to for local projects over the last three years had now ended there was follow on funding of £2500 for activities leading to the the creation of a Community Plan. Those present showed their support for doing just that by voting overwhelmingly to apply for this funding.

Please keep up to date with how we are going to utilise the enthusiasm demonstrated during the conference to set about the vital work of creating our Community Plan and getting  in touch through our link here if you have any suugestions or questions.

And you can see good selection of photos on the Facebook Page by using this link: Facebook

Tim Parkinson


Community Award Winners

The Henbury and Brentry Community Awards were celebrated at the Lawns Club on 27th June 2014. The event was brilliantly organised by a small team of residents led by Rose Carr  with terrific support from Lynn Parfitt from Henbury and Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership. A full report is contained in the latest (Summer 2014) issue of the Henbury and Brentry Community News.

The award winners were:

Community Volunteer – Janet Smith

Going the Extra Mile – Shirley Burton

Good Neighbour – Pearl Semple

Long Standing Volunteer – Maddy Powell

Youth Project – Marianna Pafitit-Georgiou

Outstanding Personal Achievement – Jean Sallabank

Older Adult Project – Edna Hewitt

Overcoming personal obstacles – Faith Thompson

Community Project – Brailsford Chrsitmas Lights

Parent / Carer in a million – Claire Bannister

Two photos supplied by Anthony Skelding

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Henbury and Brentry Awards ceremony June 27th 2014


Do you know someone  who has given a lot to the local community, supported a group or individual, overcome a personal obstacle or just ‘gone that extra mile’. If so please pick up a nomination form from Henbury Library or either of the local surgeries and nominate the person / people you have in mind. Alternatively you can use this link : nominate on line . Names of all those who nominate  will be placed in a draw for a £25 gift voucher

There are limited tickets available for those who have not been nominated for the award ceremony on 27th June  which will be held atThe Lawn’s Station, Henbury, Bristol, BS107TB ( Formally the Sun life sports ground)

Anyone else wanting to attend please can they go to the Henbury Library and leave their details. The cost will be £4.00 per head. If people have been successful they can pick up and pay for tickets the week of the 23rd June at Henbury Library.

Please note that this event is organised by Lynn Parfitt of the local Neighbourhood Partnership and a team of local residents with some resources from the Henbury & Brentry Community Council. To avoid any misunderstanding or confusion the current serving officers of the latter organisation have decided they do not wish to accept nomination.

Christmas Crackers – Dec 12th 2013

In contrast to the previous year,  2012, Wednesday December 12th 2013 was dry all day and after the morning mist cleared was fine and clear for the preparation for and start of the event.

Soon the “snow” began to fall and the Henbury School band enlivened the beginning of the event with a enjoyable recital  while a long queue of excited children formed waiting for Father Christmas.  He greeted each and every child and his helpers made sure each went away with presents.

A large group of children from Henbury Court school assembled and gave very nice rendering of favourite carols for the later part of Father Christmas’s distribution.

A number of suited helpers and others gave those attending the opportunity of supporting the Elderly of Brentry and Henbury and the fine total of £40.37 was raised . Many thanks to everyone who supported the event, which was widely considered ‘a real vintage Crackers’

The logs delivered yesterday at Barnard Park

The two big logs for the benches to be carved and the three smaller (not so) for the play features delivered yesterday to Barnard Park.

Andy O’Neill is very exciting to start carving and transform the five logs into beautiful art piece creations for our community to use, from Tuesday 8th of May.

Come along from Barnard Park since Tuesday to see him work hard with his chain saw.

We would like to ask everybody to respect and protect these beautiful piece of nature and help to keep them safe from vandalism. After all they came here to stay for looooong!

Everybody is welcome at the big Event on the 24th of May from 10.00am-5.00pm.